Module Details

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Title FROM HANNIBAL TO SEVERUS: AN INTRODUCTION TO ROMAN HISTORY
Code CLAH105
Coordinator Dr AM Hirt
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
A.M.Hirt@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Additional Programme Information

 

Aims

The aim is to give the student a basic outline of Roman history;

To give the student an introduction to some central social and economic themes in the Roman world;

The module also serves as an introduction to academic skills required for studying the classical world and ancient history.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The objectives are that with reasonable diligence during the course of study the student will be able to: narrate and show some understanding of the main course of events in the Roman world from the Punic Wars through to c. AD 200.

(LO2) To show some awareness of the cultural and social context of these events

(LO3) To show some awareness of relevant source material

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (including referencing skills)

(S2) Time and project management - personal organisation

(S3) Research skills - all information skills

(S4) Using library resources effectively

(S5) Creating bibliographies


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
delivery of background and current research on the key topics of this period of history and the problems, questions, and methodologies in approaching the sources and the key debates will be explored in the lectures.

Teaching method 2 - seminar.
In a series of five seminars key issues will be developed and students will prepare material for discussion in the classes.


Syllabus

 

The lectures cover the following topics of Rome’s political and social history and focus on the key events and political actors in Roman history:

The rise of Rome from a regional to the hegemonial power in the Mediterranean and beyond;

The institutions of the Roman state in the Republic and the Principate;

The downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of Augustus;

The Julio-Claudian dynasty and the Year of Four Emperors;

The Flavian dynasty and the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, and the Antonines;

The Severans and the Crisis of Empire.

The seminars look at written sources pertaining to:

The letters of Cicero;

The image of Cleopatra;

Imperial madness;

Hadrian and the Empire;

Christianity.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22

5

        27
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 123
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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